Sometime last week as I was splashing around in the pool, I noticed that several bees had become stranded on the water’s surface. As I came across them I would gingerly remove them to the pool deck to dry and fly away. My father-in-law was visiting, and was also in the pool. I saw that he had spotted a bee and pursued it with somewhat less empathy. I shouted across the pool, “Don’t kill that bee!”
As I climbed up on my soapbox, I proceeded to impart all my knowledge of the importance of honeybees (and all pollinators) to the continuation of human life on earth. By the time I was finished, you would have thought that we all owed our very existence to this one, unassuming little insect. And that may well be true.
But the conversation had a much more philosophical impact as well. It highlighted the delicate balance of nature and the true insignificance of man. We may think we have the ability to control our environment, but this chapter of life on earth is but a fleeting moment in the history of existence. Everything we do – every decision we make – impacts the length of this chapter.
If we all chose just one thing that we would passionately preach and practice, we could stretch out the chapter of humanity just a wee bit farther. There’s so much from which to choose: GMOs, plastic bags, fossil fuels, pesticides, nuclear power … What’s the foundation for your soapbox? Please share your passion in the comments.
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Article by Cherri Megasko
Cherri grew up on a farm in rural Missouri. Conserving resources and living a sustainable lifestyle were things she was taught very early in life. She currently writes for several online sites covering a variety of subjects, with Green Living being the one closest to her heart. In addition to educating others on how to reduce their carbon footprint, Cherri strives to do so in her everyday life as well. From composting kitchen waste to transitioning to family cloth, she delights in sharing her experiences with her readers. Cherri also holds a degree in environmental science.
Cherri has written 8 awesome articles for Natural Family Today.
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